While we all celebrated the dawn of February 2018, a certain 28-year-old Nigerian in Cyprus could not make it as he was reportedly killed on Wednesday night, January 31, by eight locals in the Turkish Cyprus’s province of Famagusta.
Reports reaching us from local media outlets in Cyprus indicate that the deceased, Kennedy Toomwabwa Dede, was kidnapped and killed by some men in the country.
According to police investigation, Dede, who was a student of Eastern Mediterranean University, was assaulted by a group of eight locals, who kidnapped him on Tuesday, took him to the Çanakkale Pond, where he was seriously beaten and killed on Wednesday.
It was gathered that an autopsy conducted at the Famagusta State Hospital confirmed that he died of a cerebral haemorrhage caused by severe blows to the head.
Turkish Cypriot police found his body near the pond outside of the city and detected that he was killed after he was beaten up.
The autopsy report also confirmed that he received several blows to various parts of his body, suffered from severe lung injuries and eventually died after his head was crushed with stone.
Kıbrıs Postası, a Turkish Cypriot-based daily newspaper, reported that three suspects were captured later in the day on February 1, and arraigned in court. The suspects include men and women whose ages range between 16 and 28.
During court sitting, the presiding Judge Gökan Asafoğluları gave an order for the accused, Zekeriya Kurucu, 22, Ozan Korkurt, 18, and Burcu Çelik, 16, to be held in police custody while an investigation is carried out.
Later, it was reported that the police successfully apprehended four other suspects, Nidai Sanli, Onur Kurkurt, Simge Dagdur, and Aydan Sel in connection with the death of the Nigerian man.
Dede’s death is one in many cases of deaths that have come to African migrants in the European countries mostly facilitated by racism.
Meanwhile, a number of university students have staged a protest after news of Taomwabwa’s killing emerged, demanding justice.
Also, the Eastern Mediterranean University administration issued a statement expressing its sorrow over Dede’s death.
In the wake of the killing of Dede, the President of the Nigerian Student Society in Eastern Mediterranean University, who spoke exclusively to iLiteTV, expressed his anger over the incident
“We are black don’t mean we are stupid,” he vented.